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LYCIA

Manylion y Safle

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NPRN 273184

Cyfeirnod Map SM85NW

Cyfeirnod Grid SM8012757719

Awdurdod Lleol Arforol

Hen Sir Arforol

Cymuned Maritime

Math o Safle LLONGDDRYLLIAD

Dosbarth Cyffredinol ARFOROL

Cyfnod Modern

Disgrifiad o´r Safle Archaeological remains associated with the loss of this vessel are not confirmed as present at this location, but may possibly be in the vicinity.

Event and Historical Information:
The LYCIA (ex OCEANO) was built by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough, in 1896 (yard number 428). Technical and configuration specifications are given as 2715gt, 1739nt; 308ft long x 43ft 3in breadth x 14ft 8in depth; 1 deck, 5 bulkheads, passenger deck 31ft, boat deck 74ft, forecastle 35ft; screw propulsion powered by two steam boilers linked to a triple expansion engine; machinery by North-East Marine Engineering Company Ltd, Newcastle; official number 106521. The steamship was supplied new to Gellatly, Hankey & Company and registered at Rochester and called OCEANO. The vessel was bought by the Cunard Shipping Company Ltd in 1909, and the name changed to LYCIA. On 11 February 1917, the steamship was on passage from Genoa to Swansea and Liverpool when it was fired upon by the German submarine UC65 near the entrance to the St George's Channel. The LYCIA was only lightly armed with a gun on her poop deck of light calibre and very old Russian field gun on a new mounting. The inquest into the death Quartermaster Frederick Stephen who died in hospital from a head wound after the crew had landed was reported in local papers. Joseph Robinson, the chief officer, stated that - 'The ship was not torpedoed. She was sunk bombs. We engaged the enemy, but they were too much for us. While it lasted, about twenty minutes, the action was very hot, and eventually our captain decided to abandon the vessel. Tennant was struck in the spine the result of one of the shells taking effect. The commander of the submarine gave us ample time to get dear with the boats. He was honourable enemy." Frederick Tennant, Able Seaman, is commemorated in Bootle Cemetery. The ship was abandoned by the crew whilst the enemy placed explosive scuttling charges on board. The crew were picked up by two Royal Navy mine sweepers and the steamship IRELAND MOOR, and were landed at Holyhead. The loss location is given as 5.5 miles southwest of St David's Head (Larn) or 20 miles northeast by north from the South Bishop (HMSO).

Sources include:
Aberdeen Evening Express, Tuesday 13 February 1917, pg3
Goddard, T, 1983, Pembrokeshire Shipwrecks, pg103
HMSO, 1988, British Vessels Lost at Sea 1914-18 and 1939-45, pg32
Larn and Larn Shipwreck Database 2002
Liverpool Echo, Tuesday 20 February 1917, pg5
Lloyds Register of British and Foreign Shipping 1 July 1915 - 30 June 1916, number 1076 in L

WWW resources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead/results?war=1&unit=lycia)

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, March 2019.